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Covering
& Matlock Camra Areas
September/October
2016
Issue
169 Derby, Ashbourne, Amber Valley, Erewash
September/October 2016
Issue 169

C h e e rs !

Derbyshires Delight as new


Pub openings buck the trend

Redemption Ale House

Town Street Tap

Bear & Monkey

Further details inside plus loads, loads more...

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Derbyshires New Pub Openings


W

hile pubs continue to close


throughout the Country and
Derby is down to its lowest total ever
there is some light at the end of the
tunnel as CAMRA research has shown
the number of pubs closing per week
has slowed from 27 to 21 and a whole
host of new and diverse drinking
establishments are cropping up in
their place.

Angry Bee

Hop Gate beer garden

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Derbyshire like everywhere else has


suffered its fair share of pub closures
but recent months have seen
somewhat of an upturn in the market
as we have seen old pubs revived and
new ones opened in premises that
previously had none. Derby Drinker
has already reported on many of these
new places and we now have several
more to mention.
A Flagship opening should occur in
Derby during September for the
Lord Nelson on the corner of Curzon
Street. The pub dates back to around
the early 19thC, later rebuilt and is
being carefully refurbed by Cellar 5 as
their first major venture in the City. The
pubs recent incarnation had been as a
bar called Deez with no Real Ale so to
have it brought back into the fold
under its original name is a welcome
step indeed. The Lord Nelson of old did
serve Draught Burton Ale but the new
one is promising up to 10 Real Ales,
Ciders and Craft Beers. We await its
opening with eager anticipation and
will report on it next time. Also in
Derby and now open is Hop Gate on
Sadler Gate. Set in the old Sadlers
premises the bar features 14 craft ales
from all over and 4 changing Real Ales
as well. Its Derbys first major foray into
the craft ale scene which is proving
popular elsewhere in other cities and
we wonder whether others will follow
soon. The outer garden is a secluded
haven with a fine view of the Cathedral
perfect for sampling a wonderfully
flavoursome beer. Opening hours are

12-11 Mon-Thurs and 121am Fri & Sat,


closed Sun. Two others in the pipeline
in Derby are Suds and Soda on Friar
Gate and the Orange Tree on George
Street and both should be open
sometime in September. Suds and
Soda will be a speciality craft beer
shop and tasting bar while the Orange
Tree set in the former Bar 5 premises
will focus on cocktails, gin and craft
beers but local ales are promised as
well. Still in Derby the Wardwick Tavern
is now calling itself The Wick pub &
kitchen with local ales from Dancing
Duck featuring regularly and the
Waterside Inn has been taken over by
Greene King featuring their usual fayre
and ales from the GK range.
Not far out of Derby in Duffield the
Town Street Tap micropub has been
opened by Tollgate Brewery offering
their own and guest ales. Rather
uniquely for round these parts the pub
offers table service where you get your
beer and change brought to you. The
pub is fairly spacious and was formally a
tea room. Opening hours are 4-10 Wed &
Thurs, 12-10 Fri & Sat and 12-3 Sun. Its
on the Sixes bus route from Derby,
Belper + Ripley or you can catch the
train to Duffield station. Talking of Ripley
the Bear & Monkey micropub has just
opened along with the Crompton Arms
(see article on page 22).
Over in Heanor and surrounds
something seems to be stirring in the
water as not one but three new
micropubs have opened recently, 2 in
Heanor and one in Langley Mill. The

Hop Gate taps

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Redemption Ale House beer garden

Heanor offerings are both close to each


other. The Redemption Alehouse on
Ray Street was the first to open set in a
former library and shop and serves up
to 6 Real Ales and 12 Ciders (see details
on page 23) while the Angry Bee only
opened August Bank Holiday set in a
former Mobility shop on Godfrey
Street. Run by Mick Ward & Jonathan
Street the pub has 5 Real Ales and up
to 8 Ciders. The initial opening hours
are Thu 4-10, Fri-Sun 12-10. Why the
Angry Bee I hear you ask ? Well it was
named after Micks daughter Isabel
who came out with the expression
after the box of xmas decorations was
brought out of the cupboard and a bee
and a fly flew out of the box and Isabel

Beer Metropolis taps

came running into him saying there


was an angry bee chasing a worried fly.
Well if the venture goes well they have
already got the name of their next pub
then. In Langley Mill the Bunny Hop
Ale House opened roughly at the same
time as the Redemption in a former
shop and also offers up to 6 Real Ales
and 12 Ciders (see details on page 23).
And the good thing about all three is
that you can visit them all on the
Amberline bus service from Derby or
H1 if going to Heanor.
The Amberline bus will also take you to
Little Eaton where Shiny Brewerys
Beer Metropolis is now open situated
in units just behind the Queens Head

Bunny Hop Ale House

pub. Opening hours are Thu-Sat 210pm. As well as an array of craft ales &
Real Ale to drink onsite there is a
choice of hundreds of bottled ales to
drink in or take away. You can also see
the impressive brewery vessels
through a screen by the bar.
Its certainly hard to keep pace with all
these new openings and no doubt
while you reading this there will be
one or two more in the pipeline as well
but after years and years of constant
closures its nice to have a bit of good
news on the pub front for a change
and long may it continue.
Gareth Stead

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Dressed to impress
at the City Charter Fest

Derby CAMRA City Charter Beer


TheFestival
has once again been wrapped up
after another very successful year. The event
saw 9500 visitors enter the giant marquee
that dominated the market place. 22320
pints were consumed by 107 different
breweries that were established between
1849 until present day. The weakest beer
was 3.3% and the strongest was 8.8% abv.
The entertainment saw Modern Affair once
again bringing the house down on the
Saturday evening with their upbeat classic
sixties tunes, it was certainly a night not to
have been missed.
This year saw a trend in fruit/adjunct based
drinks. The first beer to sell out was
Bridgehouse Chocolate Cherry Stout followed
by Fat Pig Elderflower. The theme also
continued on the cider bar with the first cider
to sell out being Westons Rhubarb followed
by Double Vision Cherry. A total of 4130 pints
of cider & perry were consumed out of a
choice of 36 different varieties available.
200 litres of mead was also supped and the
continental bar sold beers from 26 different
countries. The CAMRA Membership stand
signed up 71 new recruits who we would like
to welcome and hope to greet at a branch
meeting very soon. Derbyshire Mountain
Rescue was on site collecting donations by
visitors and also the Royal British Legion who
managed to raise 218.74.
The festival committee would like to thank all
of the volunteers, breweries, bands and
organisations that made the event happen,
without their efforts the festival wouldnt have
been able to take place or have been the
success that is was. Finally they would like to
raise a glass to everyone that attended this
year... let 2017 planning commence.
Cheers!
Carla Twells
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Pub Protection

DONT WASTE THE NEW POWERS


A

fter years of political failure, pub


tenants must now grasp and use their
long overdue rights and powers which
came into effect this July.
Nov 18th 2014 was a momentous date for
UK pubs, as Parliament unexpectedly passed
a vital last minute amendment to the Small
Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.
New Clause 2, submitted by Greg
Mulholland MP, was undoubtedly the most
significant legislative event relating to the
pub industry since the 1989 Beer Orders.
Unfortunately the Beer Orders were the
subject to disruptive corporate lobbying,
whereby the reforms to the beer tie itself
were disastrously watered down creating a
dysfunctional business landscape leading to
the rapid rise of a huge non-brewing pubowning property companies (pubcos).
The scale of the disaster this represented for
the pub industry, and local communities,
simply cannot be underestimated.
Thousands of pubco tenants soon found

their beer prices and rents relentlessly


escalating, and their profit margins
intolerably squeezed.
Business failures inevitably ensued, and
ultimately many of the pubs themselves,
underinvested and struggling, fell into
terminal cycle of decline which too often led
to the eventual liquidising of the asset by
the pubcos who simply sold them off for
alternative use. The problem is ongoing even
now.
The behaviour of the pubcos was scrutinised
and condemned by no fewer than four select
committees over the years, yet political
action was always minimal as industry
lobbyists persuaded politicians to take a
light touch approach, and to trust the
industry to self regulate. Political inaction
shamefully prolonged an issue which should
have been tackled many years ago, with a
mountain of evidence showing that pubs
were failing under the pubco model on an
industrial scale.

New Clause 2 proposed a direct solution by


stating that self-regulation should be
replaced with a statutory Pubs Code, a new
legally binding set of rules. It was passed in
Nov 2104 but shamefully took a further
twenty months for a reluctant Government
to enact, as they sent it on a tortuous route
through the Parliamentary process. This
years May deadline was inexcusably missed,
but the new Code finally came into force on
July 21st.
The situation is still by no means perfect. For
example not all tenants are covered by the
Code only those of the six largest
companies, and there are concerns about
the choice of the current choice of
Adjudicator a person felt by many to have
fatal conflicts of interest as a former pubco
surveyor), however the implementation of
the code is a hugely significant development
and an enormously significant step in the
right direction.
John Arguile (after Paul Crossman)

RAISING THE BAR

 A TURNING POINT IN
PROTECTING OUR PUBS
T

he London borough of Wandsworth has just become the


first local authority to seek to formally protect its pubs from
redevelopment by removing permitted development rights
from 120 pubs. Included are some pubs that have already
closed.
An Article 4 Direction, this being the planning directive
concerned, prevents those pubs from being demolished or
converted into mini-supermartkets, homes or shops without
permission. Jonathan Cook (deputy council leader) said he hoped
its example, which is a massive increase in the use of this tool,
would give a lead to other local authorities to follow suit (ref: The
Times Wednesday August 17th).
This wholesale protection, in the case of Wandsworth (some caf
bars are excluded), follows in the wake of Cambridge, who have
similarly, but progressively, put part (40) of its historic pub stock in
the same category. The decision was to recognise the historic,
architectural and community value of Wandsworth pubs.
Closer to home, Derby - the alleged pub capital of the UK - having
lost 65 pubs in the last decade is now down to an all time low
since records began in1877. So isnt it time for the City Council to
show that they really care about Derby and follow Wandsworths
lead to preserve what many Derby folk regard as one of our few
remaining prime assets?
John Arguile

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Jeffery Hudsons Cottage

An Expedition
to the
Smallest County
in Britain
On Friday 24th June Gareth and I set off for the Rutland
CAMRA Beer Festival boarding the 10.21am train from Derby
changing in Leicester for Oakham. A little County in its own
right, Rutland CAMRA fought hard for its independence from
Leicestershire in the Good Beer Guide. And in the morning
after BREXIT it seemed quite an apt place to go.

Beer Festival Venue

Oakham is perhaps well known for the Brewery that started


out there before moving elsewhere and one of its regular
ales is JHB named after Jeffrey Hudson, the smallest man
from the smallest County who was born and lived in Oakham
where his well preserved cottage stands.
The Beer Festival is in its 5th year now and I was Festival
Organiser for the very first one. It's home is the County
Museum, full of agricultural implements worth a visit alone.
40 beers on here and a further 60 on the Towns Ale Trail with
free entry to all CAMRA members.
Where to start than with the 'Multim Im Parvo' bar named
after its County slogan. I have two new breweries here from
within the County boundaries. Nice group of beers to go
with the Grainstore range. Moving to the main bar we find
the sponsors beer Everards and a range of 28 other beers.
This bar is named after the late council leader, Roger Beggy
who helped instigate the use of the Museum for this event
and ultimately preventing it's closure.

Beer Festival Venue

After a few hours sampling beer we decided I would lead a


trip around Oakham first calling at The Lord Nelson in the
Market Place now run by a small Pubco. I used to visit this
gem of a pub, sympathetically renovated in 2010. A Festival
bar was in operation in addition to the 6 ales on the main bar.
Prices are high in this part of the world and this was noticed,
but it didn't detract from ale quality.
Onwards to The Wheatsheaf on North Street where we met
up with landlord and good friend, Dan. This is an Everards
tenancy. He had a range of 10 beers on in good condition. As
people who know me, I am a devil for a good pint of Tiger
and I was not disappointed.

Beer Festival Venue

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Around the corner is the Steamin Billy pub, The Three


Crowns. We were greeted with pork pie from Leesons Local
Butcher and cheese. They had 10 beers on the bar and
gravity pour. All good in condition. A strange beer tasting
board exists where you right down what you think the beer
tastes of and pin it to the board. This means you read what
the customer thinks. Not a bad idea maybe ?

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Wheatsheaf garden

Returning towards the Railway Station we called in The


Grainstore Brewery Tap, an obligatory stop when in Oakham.
A pint of Rutland Panther to finish and then the train back to
Derby via Leicester. Gareth had not had enough and
proceeded to venture to the other pubs in Town. I returned to
the Brunswick where a taste for dark ales set in with a few
Railway Porters. Gareth joined in a couple of hours later and
told me he had been to the Admiral Hornblower and White
Lion as well having more good ale along the way.
Great day, great company.
Alan Pickersgill

Grainstore Tap by Railway Station

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at your fingertips?
News of pubs, beer festivals, new
breweries, and great new beers dont
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Follow @DerbyCAMRA
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from around our local
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Pick up whats going on
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Visit derbycamra.org.uk
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If youre a CAMRA
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Dont miss out.


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Derby CAMRA

Meet the Publican...


John Moore

THE TAP
1 Derwent Street
Derby
DE1 2ED
PERSONAL

INDUSTRY

How long have you worked in the trade?


12 years.
Where else have you worked as a publican?
Derby (Babington Arms, Broadway), Heanor (Red Lion),
Wolverhampton and Lincoln.
Have you worked in any other industries?
Mainly in retail.
Are you, yourself, a CAMRA member?
Yes. Since I was a teenager.

What are you views on Craft Keg?


I would rather have a pint of cask ale in excellent condition over
craft keg every time, but you need to be confident that the cask
ale has been well kept. In my pub though, we have had some
really interesting craft kegs on recently and they definitely
appeal to a new type of drinker who maybe wouldnt drink cask
ale. I would rather see someone drinking a craft ale that is
hoppy and full of flavour over a bland fizzy lager. I think
advances in dispense technology will see craft keg and cask ale
move closer together and I think Brewdogs recent
announcement that they have developed a way of dispensing
live beer in keg form is very interesting.

CAMRA
Do you think CAMRA are still relevant today?
Obviously real ale doesnt need saving anymore but I think
monitoring beer quality in pubs is still an important part of
CAMRAs remit.
How could CAMRA improve?
More beer scoring of pubs so The Good Beer Guide is a better
reflection of beer quality.
Do you offer CAMRA discount?
No, we have our own loyalty card valid in all Derby Brewing
Company pubs.
Are you aware of WhatPub and the National Beer Scoring
Scheme (NBSS) and the link to the Good Beer Guide?
Yes and I think this is an area CAMRA need to concentrate on.
There needs to be a much simpler App for mobiles that allows
much faster scoring, preferably with one or two clicks. There are
other beer scoring Apps that support this.
Do you run a LocAle scheme?
As the brewery tap for Derby Brewering Co this doesnt really
apply, but yes.
Do you think the Pub of the Year competition is rewarding?
Well, I wouldnt mind winning it so yes. Perhaps there is an
opening for the best improved pub.

Derbyshire
South

Pub of the
Year 2016
Presentation

Has real Cider and Perry a future in pubs?


There is definitely a market for real cider and the bag in box
means it is easy to dispense and keep in good condition, so I
dont see why it wouldnt have a future.
Do you see the Micro-pub revolution as a threat?
No, because the atmosphere is not the same as a busy, lively
pub so they complement the ale scene.
Do you see a future for Real Ale in the UK?
There will always be a future for Real Ale because the
experience of enjoying a fine hand-pulled cask ale in tip-top
condition in a great pub is one of lifes great pleasures.
Any other comments you wish to make?
You can follow what is happening at the tap through Twitter:
@TheTapDerby

John Moore
1st August 2016

The Presentation of the Derbyshire South Pub of


the Year 2016 Award took place recently at the
Old Oak in Horsley Woodhouse.
A good turnout of locals and Camra members
saw the CAMRA East Midlands Regional Director,
Carl Brett present the Certificate to Richard and
Tracy Creighton, the brother and sister team who
rescued, set-up and run the pub together with a
fine team of staff and volunteers.
The pub will now go forward into the
East Midlands round the result of which should
be known early September.
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duty bands which makes them


expensive if they are sold any
stronger. Nothing wrong as
such with a 4.0% drink, the
trouble for me is that a
fermentation of 100% apple
juice will produce a cider of 6
to 6.5%, so if it is sold at 4%
you are paying for a lot of
water. Still, fruit ciders are
extremely popular and will
certainly feature prominently
at future festivals.

hanks to you, the


customers, we have had
another successful Derby
Summer Festival in the
Market Square. OK, the
weather wasnt great and it
clashed with quite a few
sporting events but you still
managed to consume well
over 4,000 pints of cider and
perry! The two Eastern
Counties ciders from
Cambridgeshire, Pickled Pig
Porkers Snout and Hubz Ang
Over went well, as did the old
favourites from Gwynt y
Draig (Welsh Warrior),
Gwatkins (Stoke Red) and
Winkleigh (Autumn
Scrumpy).
Most in demand of the local
ciders was Woodthorpe Hall
Rubie Suzie, Im sure it being
10.2% ABV had nothing to do
with it, while Three Cats did
well on the Saturday. The
quickest sellers were, as
expected the fruit ciders,
topping the list was Westons
Rhubarb with Double Vision
Cherry close behind. Many of
these fruit ciders are 4.0% ABV
because of Customs and Excise

After some doubt about its


future the good news is that
the Derby Winter Festival will
take place at the Roundhouse
from 15th to 18th February
next year. However, you dont
have to wait that long for your
cider because from 29th
September to 2nd October
you can visit the Amber Valley
Beer and Cider Festival at
Strutts, Belper. Previously a
school, this venue provides a
more intimate setting for a
Beer Festival with an excellent
beer range and, of course,
plenty of cider. Somerset
remains, for me at any rate, the
best place for cider and we will
have some of their finest

including Hecks, Sheppys,


Westcroft (Janets Jungle Juice)
and Wilkins. Wilkins Farm, at
Wedmore, Somerset is a must
visit if you are holidaying in
the vicinity. We will also be
featuring a good range of
perries. Perry is a largely
forgotten drink, hardly ever
found in pubs and kept alive at
Festivals, more of which in the
next paragraph.
As Im sure you know perry is
made from pears in just the
same way as cider is made
from apples. While there are
plenty of apple varieties grown
exclusively for cider making
(Kingston Black is probably the
best known) you can make a
more than passable cider from
non-cider apples provided a
suitable blend is used. There
are also pear varieties grown
exclusively for perry making,
the difference here is that it is
difficult to produce a halfdecent perry unless you use
perry pears, making it that
much more exclusive.
Futhermore, most perry pears
are grown in Herefordshire
(Blakeney Red, otherwise

known as Painted Lady being


the best known). This is where
most perry producers are to be
found, a quick tour would take
in Newton Court, near
Leominster; a farm with
extensive orchards producing
a range of perries, their latest
being Panting Partridge, 5.3%
and medium sweet. Close by
at Ocle Pychard is Olivers, very
much a working sheep farm
which produces a multi-award
winning 6.0% medium perry.
Further West at Pembridge is
Dunkertons, a bit up-market
for some and featuring a
restaurant and visitors centre,
but probably the biggest
planter of perry pear trees in
Herefordshire. No trip around
Herefordshire would be
complete without a visit to
Ross Cider & Perry Co.
(otherwise known as Broome
Farm) at Peterstowe, again
extensive orchards, a farm
shop, camp site and their latest
acquisition, a pub (the Yew
Tree). There are plenty more;
Herefordshire is a great county
to explore.
Wassail

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Ashbourne & District


CAMRA Branch
Contact Mark Grist
m.grist2@sky.com

Branch News
Pub of the Season
The Coach and Horses in Ashbourne has
been named our Pub of the Season for
Summer 2016. After a recent change of
managers and a short redecoration at the
end of June, it is thriving with Mark Haworth
& Katie Barry at the helm. We held our
August branch meeting at the pub and
presented them with a certificate.
Pub News
After 16 years at the helm, Janet Gosling
relinquished the tenancy of The Sycamore at
Parwich on Weds 10th August. The village
shop was set up in a front room of the pub
during Janet's tenure and has proved a very

successful amenity for the villagers. Branch


members wish her well for the future.
The Black Horse at Hulland Ward has
undergone a recent internal refit to both
freshen up and open up the bar area, which
has resulted in the loss of some original
features, particularly the high back settle
which formed a corridor entrance to the bar.

Branch Beer Festival


The beer and cider choice for our festival
should be available via our festival Facebook
page from late August/early September. See
poster on this page for details of the Festival.

The Ostrich at Longford is open again for


business after more than six months closure,
now under the managership of one of the
young villagers, 18 year old Wade Gilman.
Branch members wish him and his staff
good luck with the relaunch.
The Shire Horse at Wyaston has now
extended its real ale choice from two to four
ales. Early guests featured have come from
Dancing Duck and Derby Brewery.

Town Hall

Diary Dates
All meetings start at 8pm
Branch meeting
Tuesday 30th August
Coach & Horses, Ashbourne
Ashbourne Beer Festival
set-up from Monday 19th September,
open Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th
September
takedown Sunday 25th
Branch meeting
Tuesday 27th September
Black Horse, Hulland Ward
Branch meeting
Tuesday 25th October
Shire Horse, Wyaston
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Just in time for the Beer Festival

shbourne is the home of Shrovetide


football, which sees the town come
alive on Shrovetide Tuesday and Ash
Wednesday. Between Thursday 22nd and
Saturday 24th September, however,
Ashbourne will be the destination for
many beer aficionados as they head for
its annual beer festival at the Town Hall,
organized by Ashbourne and District
CAMRA. The Swift bus serves the town
from Derby bus station; please check the
Trent Barton website for times. There are
a number of hostelries in a compact area
which can be combined with a visit to the
festival and Derby Drinker invites you on
a tour.
Well start at the most recent addition, a
caf bar called Artisan on St Johns Street.
Paul Duke and Rhiannon Fae have made
good use of natural materials in this heavily
beamed, 16thC low slung building, which
incorporates a bottle shop offering no

Artisan, Ashbourne

Smiths Tavern, Ashbourne

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fewer than 150 world beers. On draught,


when I called, were Coastal Brewery,
Angelina; Wild Weather Ales, Bohemian
Like You; Dancing Duck Abduction and St
Austell, Tribute which alternates with
Proper Job. Paul is a CAMRA member and,
being a beer wholesaler, hes never stuck
for choice. Proper Barista coffee is served
together with cakes and scones. Artisan is
closed on Mondays but live music will
feature between 4 and 7pm on Sundays.
Whilst here, its worth taking a look upstairs
at the vaulted ceiling, and a big Halloween
celebration is planned for Artisan.
Nearby, is the Smiths Tavern with its tall,
narrow frontage adorned with lovely floral
displays. The inn sign depicting a
blacksmith is erroneous as the Smith in
question was a wine merchant. Current
custodian is Mark Grist, driving force and
Chairman of Ashbourne CAMRA, who has
made the switch from Smiths regular to
mine host with consummate ease. In the
late 1970s, Ian Chater ran the Smiths and
his coach trips to the Great British Beer
Festival in London were the stuff of legend.
This was partly on account of Ian, who
hailed from the Black Country, providing a
cask of re-racked Pedigree on board which
was duly consumed by thirsty passengers!
The Smiths split level interior has three
characterful rooms, in a linear
configuration, all with black painted
beams. The middle room has a huge
fireplace. The Smiths has been a pub since
1935 only and is a thrice winner of
Ashbourne CAMRA Pub of the Year. On the
bar were Amber Ales, Angel Jasmine;
Marstons Revisionist Golden Stout;
Pedigree; Ringwood, Razor Back;
Ringwood, Forty Niner and Banks
Sunbeam.

Bowling Green

On the hottest day of the year, I trudged up


the steep hill, past the Market Place and
Town Hall, to find the Bowling Green Inn
on the corner of North Avenue, where I was
relieved to see a defibrillator attached to
the wall! Inside there are several rooms
with an airy, spacious feel and furnishings
and dcor in contemporary style. Above
the bar on the left, are four Shrovetide balls
hovering over handpumps serving
Pedigree and Doom Bar. Outside, theres a
small, shaded patio but no sign of the
bowling green, which Id guess occupied
the car park across the road. The Bowling
Green is noted for its steaks and food is
available all day.
Dropping back down the hill, the George
and Dragon stands high above the Market
Place with its eye catching, three dimensional
moulding, depicting George slaying a
dragon. Much enlarged since the days of
landlord, Derick Little, the former two
roomed layout has been extended into living
quarters and an island bar servery dispenses
Dancing Duck (Gold on my visit), Marstons
Pedigree and New World. Home cooked fayre
is served between 12 and 8pm and dogs are
welcome. Those staying overnight during the
beer festival can rest in en-suite letting rooms
available from 55. Theres a great, hidden,
walled, decked area outside replete with old,
enameled metal advertisements.

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White Swan, Ashbourne

Exiting the George and Dragon, I admired


the three classic E Type Jaguars parked in
front of the Ex-Servicemens Club (sign
yourself in) which is packed with interesting,
historical memorabilia and militaria. An
entire wall is devoted to the Shrovetide
game and, although I confess to not being a
rugby fan, I couldnt help but notice the
England shirt autographed by Jason
Leonard who won 114 caps. Another island
bar dominates a well-appointed interior and
Draught Bass plus Doom Bar rub shoulders
with a changing guest. Live entertainment is
popular on Saturday evenings.
At the bottom of the Market Place, the
Olde Vaults was closed but the White
Swan wasnt, despite having its Brewers
Tudor frontage clad in scaffolding.
Unperturbed, I wandered in to find a single
room broken up by a cosy alcove full of
photographs of film stars from yesteryear.
One end of the room has extensive
wainscoting with a dart board, juke box
and TV screen keeping watch over the pool
table. A collection of trophies are a
reminder of past sporting triumphs.
Leatherbritches Ynot festivale (named after
the Pikehall music festival) together with
Pedigree and bar snacks were on offer.
Just below the Market Place, is the 18thC
Horns, 10 15 Victoria Square, and this is a
fascinating, five roomed affair on different
levels. Centre-left is a room whose
exquisite Minton tiled floor was discovered

Horns, Ashbourne

Bridge, Ashbourne

beneath four inches of concrete, and a


butchers shop was just one of the
properties which the Horns now occupies.
Thwaites Wainwright and Pedigree vied for
attention and food is served. Ashbourne
used to be a real transport hub in the
coaching days, and the Lamplight
restaurant, opposite the Horns, was once
the Tiger coaching inn with Tiger Yard
extant.
The White Hart with its rare Evershed
brewery window intact was, sadly, closed,
but turning into Dig Street at the traffic
lights, the Coach and Horses soon hoved
into view. This is a 1950s building,
presumably built on the site of a much
older Coach and Horses, which is now run
by Mark Haworth and Katie Barry. Opened
out into one large, comfortable room, in
which walls are adorned with old
photographs and prints, one featuring an
Ashbourne Gingerbread recipe, another a
Nestles milk advertisement. Nestles was a
big employer in the town prior to closure in
2003. Food offers abound, including a
Lunch Club where, between 12 and 4pm
Monday to Saturday, two light bites start at
10. The enterprising management is able
to source some interesting brews and
Enville, Enville Ale; Springhead, Sweet Lips;
Old Speckled Hen and Doom Bar made up
a foursome. A stunning, sun drenched rear
patio had stylish, semi-circular seating
cubicles affording some shade.

Coach and Horses, Ashbourne

Next door is the Bridge, Workhouse Yard,


which, Im told, comes to life at night-time
with the younger set. Multiple rooms on
different levels include one at the rear, set
for dining with a beamed, vaulted ceiling.
The emphasis is more on cocktails and
food than beer but you can still enjoy a
pint of the (almost) inevitable Pedigree.
Out at the back, theres a conservatory and
an impressive courtyard and decked area,
complete with bar. Around 1980, the
premises were known as Carys wine bar
and were owned by Frank Blunstone who
was assistant to Rams manager, Tommy
Docherty, in the late 1970s.
I finished at the white, stucco fronted
Wheel Inn, Compton Street, handily
placed for the bus station. Carpeted
throughout, with an interior divided by a
long room broadcasting Sky Sports and a
juke box, off which is a small side room for
darts and pool players. Outside, at the
back, are two areas, one for skittles in
summer. A trio of real ales comprised of
Exmoor Silver Stallion, Draught Bass and,
yes, Pedigree.
Ashbourne has suffered its fair share of pub
closures; the Wellington, White Lion,
Plough, and, most regrettably, the historic
Green Man and Blacks Head have all
ceased trading, but it remains a worthy
destination for the real ale enthusiast.
Paul Gibson

Wheel Inn, Ashbourne

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REAL ALE IN DERBY - ON SALE NOW


This is the tenth REAL ALE IN DERBY and records the changes since the 2005
edition as well as detailing all 124 real ale outlets in the city. The price, as it always
has been, is the price of an average Derby pint. It will be on sale at the City
Charter Beer Festival, from Poyntons, Market Hall and a few local pubs (Alex,
Brunswick, etc). It records the current brewery scene and lists ten 'essential
watering holes' or 10 pubs you must drink in (before you expire). John Arguile.

Ale Trail
Winners 2016
Derby CAMRAs annual Mild
& Ale Trail took place
recently and from the
resulting marks received
from the people
participating in the Trail the
winners can now be
declared. And for the third
year running both the
Alexandra Hotel and the
Furnace Inn have come out
on top proving how
consistently good the beer
is in both pubs. There is a
slight change in the awards
though as the Alex won in
the Ale category this year
while the Furnace
triumphed in the Mild
category which is the
opposite of the last 2 years.
Congratulations to both
pubs then and
presentations will be
arranged in due course.

CAMRA Beer
Festivals
A number of local CAMRA
Beer Festival are coming up
during September/October
so why not pop along and
check them out:22 Sept 24 Sept
- Ashbourne Town Hall
(see advert on page 11)
29 Sept 2 Oct
- Amber Valley Strutts, Belper
(see advert on page 21)
12 Oct 15 Oct
- Nottingham Castle (see
www.nottinghamcamra.org)
20 Oct 22 Oct
- Stoke Fenton Manor Sports
Complex (see
www.camrapotteries.co.uk)
21 Oct 22 Oct
- Matlock & Dales County
Hall, Matlock (see advert on
page 25)

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A walk around Riga


with Trevor Spencer

ver been to Riga - in Latvia? I dare say


some of you have and, for those that
havent, its definitely worth a visit, although
you do have to be careful as there are
plenty of pickpockets one of them had my
phone, so I wasnt careful enough!
One of the things I liked about Riga was the
numerous green spaces, more than Ive seen
in most of the cities Ive visited. There are also
some interesting architectural features, and
some unusual ones, including a row of heads
outside a building in the Old Town, the main
attraction for tourists. They are apparently of
famous Latvians, some living and some dead,
although one reminded me very much of
Wayne Rooney!
Another thing thats plentiful in Riga, and of
course most cities, is bars. There are far more
than anyone can try on a four-day visit, so I
decided to write about my three favourites.
The first one is the Banuzis, on Gogola Street.
We went in here to escape a heavy shower
that started as we were on our way into the
Old Town about an hour after wed checked
into our hotel. It hadnt been recommended
by any tourist sites, so we werent expecting

too much, but Id have to say it was pretty


good. Half a dozen draught beers, and the
same number of bottled beers were on offer,
and we tried a dark local brew which was
excellent and relatively cheap at 2.30 eu. We
wanted a snack, and that was on offer too,
along with a welcoming smile from the lady
behind the bar, so all in all a good start, and
we called there again later in the week and
both beer and service were once again
excellent.
On our second day there we decided to try
Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs, on Peldu Street in the
Old Town. This place had been thoroughly
recommended on Tripadvisor, and the
reviewers were right. Theres a small outdoor
area at the front of the bar, but when you go
inside its like stepping into the Tardis, as you
go down into a huge cellar bar. Its
reminiscent of many English pubs Ive been
in, with several areas, including a stage where
a local folk band were entertaining the
customers. The beer menu is very extensive,
to say the least, and we chose a locallybrewed dark beer called mezpils, which was
so good we had it again. As for food, I had

battered chicken fillet and my friend tried


fillet of Baltic cod, both 6.90eu. Both were
excellent, as were the cottage cheese fritters
we had after -wards. The price was 3.50 eu,
and the beer was the same price, and the
atmosphere was really good, the place had a
definite buzz, and is thoroughly
recommended to anyone visiting riga.
However, if we thought Folkklubs was great,
which it was, we soon realised the best was
yet to come, as we visited the Rock Caf on
Marstalu Street, again in the Old Town. Once
again we found an extensive beer menu, with
something for every taste. Once again,
Mezpils was available, so we chose that, but
we returned the following night, our last in
Riga, and chose Bauskaus Gaisais, another
local brew, on that visit. As for the food, we
had starters this time I had chicken soup
with cheese dumpling while my friend tried
the lamb soup, both delicious, as were the
mains, grilled pork chops with vegetables.
Ever tried fried ice cream? I have, in
strawberry soup, and I can recommend it. All
in all, a nice city with great food and, most
important, good beer.

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CAMRAs 31st National


Breweriana Auction
Saturday 22nd October 2016
E

ver fancied owning a slice of


brewing history? Then this Auction
is just the thing for you. Run by the
Campaign for Real Ale, the National
Breweriana Auction returns to Burton
on Trents Town Hall to celebrate its
31st birthday on Saturday 22nd
October. It again promises over 150
interesting auction lots; everything
from mirrors to trays; wall signs,
bottles and books. Plus there are a
number of stands selling brewery
memorabilia adding to the
atmosphere in this wonderful
Victorian venue.
There are all sorts of items to decorate
your home, many from the Midlands.
There is a splendid 1937 coronation jug
from Offiler's, a company that brewed in
Derby for around 90 years, finally closing
in 1966. Two items from Leicester are
also on the list: a Hoskin's pumpclip,
which brewed for nearly a century
before being closed in 2000; and a sign
from the Midlands Club Brewery. This
brewery, set up in 1921, was originally
known as the Northants & Leicestershire
Clubs Co-Operative Brewery; it closed in
1969. Another rare item is a tray
branded Warwicks' Ales, from Newarks
Warwicks and Richardsons brewery. The
towns earliest brewing site, dating back
to around1766, Richard Warwick bought
the brewery in 1856. It was purchased
by John Smiths in 1962 and closed four
years later. And who could resist the
clock from the Home brewery of
Daybrook, Nottingham, which was
founded in 1895 and closed by Scottish
& Newcastle in 1996 (although the
Home Ales brand was resurrected last
year).

Needless to say, there are plenty of


items from Burton on Trent breweries
including Ind Coope and Worthington,
and from London: the little pirate from
Trumans and the match striker from
Reid (of Watney, Combe, Reid & Co.) are
likely to attract interest.
But if you are looking for something
completely different, one of the odder
items is a collection of ten, limited
edition, Bill Tidy cartoons originally
drawn for the Head of Steam pubs.
Guaranteed to keep you amused.
If you have never been to the National
Breweriana Auction before, the auction
is great fun to take part in and is an
opportunity to get some great bargains
plus many of the items on sale can
appreciate in value. And, of course, like
any CAMRA event, there is some good
beer on sale all day (from local Burton
Old Cottage Beer Company).
Burton on Trent is less than 15 minutes
by train from Derby and the Town Hall is
just a short walk from the railway
station. The event starts at 11am with
the opportunity to view the lots and
browse the breweriana stands that will
also be there. Bidding starts at 12.30pm.
Entrance is by catalogue (2.50),
available on the day, or 3.50 (includes
postage) in advance , by post from Bill
Austin: 07789 900411 or
baustin@supanet.com. If you cant get
there, postal bids are accepted, just
contact Bill. For more information see:
http://gac.camrabeerengine.org.uk/vie
wnode.php?id=15796
Wheelchair accessible.

Warwicks

Home Clock

Bill Tidy

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AmberValley
CAMRABranch
Contact Nora Harper

noraharper@hotmail.com

AMBER VALLEY NEWS


Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2016
Third year at Strutts for our 7th Festival
The festival will run from Thursday 29th September to Sunday 2nd October
2016. The former Herbert Strutt Grammar School is a grade 2 listed,
Edwardian building. Its main hall and classrooms provide a unique,
atmospheric venue. Drinks will be served from a marquee in one of the
playgrounds.
Strutts is ideally situated on the A6 just outside Belper town centre with the
railway and bus stations only a short walk away. Buses stop outside the
venue which also has its own car park.
Tickets are not required for any sessions. Come along and pay on the door
but be sure to arrive early to ensure admission. Opening times and pricing
can be found on our website and promotional posters and flyers. Admission
will be restricted to over 18s after 6pm each day. On Sunday admission is
free, with any remaining beers selling at 2 a pint.
There will be over 70 ales, together with a good choice of cider, perry and
country wines. Two beers have already been reserved for the festival a
speciality Scotch ale and a pale, fruity summer ale. We will showcase a good mix
of traditional styles along with some unusual and contemporary beers with
plans for a couple of festival specials. The beer and cider list will be available to
view on our website www.ambervalleycamra.org.uk closer to the event.

2016 Festival commemorative glasses with third and half pint lines will be
available as pint or half pint glasses or tankards. Hire glasses will also be
available on sale or return.
From Thursday to Saturday, Farmhouse Kitchen of Belper will be providing a
wide variety of hot and cold food with vegetarian options. Soft drinks and
snacks will be available at all sessions.
Entertainment covering a wide range of musical styles will be held in the
main hall on Friday and Saturday evenings. Thursday and Sunday will be
music-free and there will be quiet rooms available at all sessions. Free Wi-Fi is
available.
A preview session will be held from 4-6pm on Thursday with free entry to all
including non-members, giving you the opportunity to access the full range
of beers, ciders and perries without the weekend crowds.
We will be holding a free to enter quiz at 8pm on Thursday for teams of up to
four people with prizes of beer or cider for first and second place.
On Saturday, we have a Meet the Cider Maker session at 2:30pm with Chris
Rogers from Three Cats Cider and a Meet the Brewer session at 5:30pm with
Mike James from Landlocked Brewery. Tickets 3 each with limited spaces so
e-mail us at avbeerorders@gmail.com to reserve your place. Any remaining
spaces can be booked at the Membership desk once the festival opens.
We look forward to welcoming visitors old and new and hope you have a
great time with us at Strutts.

Chesterfield Trip
On a sunny Saturday
afternoon at the end of
July, a group of us enjoyed
a pub walk around
Chesterfield.
We were fortunate to
be joined by Pauline
and Lorna from Chesterfield branch who suggested we visit three pubs
that we havent included on our previous visits. We met in the White
Swan (Raw Brewery pub) where there was a good choice for our first
beers of the day, then walked through the churchyard by the famous
Crooked Spire to the Rutland Arms on Stephensons Place a
traditional, friendly pub with a wide choice of beers from lesser-known
breweries. A fifteen minute walk up to St Helens Street led us to the
Neptune and nearby Chesterfield Arms. Everyone on the trip loved
both of these pubs with their great beer selection and sunny gardens
well worth the walk out of town and we will definitely be back! Next
port of call was the tried and tested Chesterfield Alehouse where we all
settled into the pleasant window seating area, then a walk along
Chatsworth Road to call at the Tramway Tavern (Brampton Brewery Tap)
and The Tap House (Barlow Brewery Tap). All in all a very enjoyable
afternoon with top quality beers and ciders supped in good company.
Thanks to Pauline and Lorna for sharing their local knowledge.

Branch Diary - all meetings start at 8pm


01 September 8pm Branch Meeting.
The George, Lower Hartshay.
22nd September 8pm Branch Meeting.
Hunter Arms, Kilburn.
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The ever-changing
Real Ale scene in Ripley
W

hile it could be said that there are


plenty of pubs in Ripley, many of which
serve Real Ale, There has been no micropub
there, at least until last Saturday, when the
Bear and Monkey, situated on Oxford Street
opened its doors. In true micropub tradition,
the Bear has a selection of Real ales, up to
6,including Bear and monkey Ale, the regular
beer which is brewed by Amber Ales, and
ciders, 6-9 at any one time, on offer. All the
ales are on gravity, and the pub is free of TVs
and gaming machines, so conversation is

Bear and Monkey

possible. There are also bottled beers, wines,


spirits, soft drinks and bar snacks available,
with the possible addition of pork pies in the
near future. Vicky the landlady also has
thoughts on a Beer Festival around Christmas
with a few more ales and ciders on. The Bear
is a little bit bigger in area than several other
micros I have visited, and is somewhat quirky
in atmosphere, a conclusion Vicky agrees
with! The opening hours are 4-10 Thursday, 411 Friday, 12-11 Saturday and 12-10 Sunday,
but these may alter in accordance with
demand. The Bear is the first pub on Oxford
street for several years, and can be found on
the right hand side of the road walking away
from the Market, next to Bark and bite.
Meanwhile, the Crompton Arms, formerly
the Crown and more recently the Quub
opened its doors at the end of June. The
Crompton is a Craft Union Pub Company
outlet, and certainly no expense has been
spared in its refurbishment. There is just one
large room, with the bar to the left as you
enter from Derby Road its right next to the
bus stop. The pub is comfortably furnished,

with a pool table the opposite end of the


room from the bar, and has an outside
smoking area. It can also be entered through
a gate near the car park on Crossley Street.
The opening hours are 11-12, later at
weekends, and there are a couple of Real Ales
on offer, with an increase in the pipeline.
Prices are competitive, and there are plans for
Beer Festivals to be held periodically. There
are around 10 TVs in the bar area, so sports
fans who enjoy Real Ale will likely find the
Crompton to their taste.
Trevor Spencer

Crompton Arms

Contact
David Edwards

Tel. 07891 350908


e mail. dedwards@peakstonesrock.co.uk

www.peakstonesrock.co.uk
We produce a range of award
winning cask beers.
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EREWASH VALLEY
CAMRA BRANCH

by Mick & Carole Golds


carolegolds@btinternet.com

EREWASH VALLEY CAMRA REPORT


Pub News
Good news for a change, we have been
informed about the opening of 2 new
micropubs in our region but as yet have
not had an opportunity to visit them as
we have been away on our boat in the
London region visiting other pubs. The 2
pubs are:The Redemption Ale House - 3 Ray
Street, Heanor, DE7 7GE, run by
Bernadette Lawley and her son James
Lawley. Opening hours - Thurs 12 noon to
22.00, Fri-Sat 12 noon to 22.30, Sun 12
noon to 22.00. Free WiFi and Camra
discount given. The other new pub is
nearby in Langley Mill.
The Bunny Hop Ale House - 19
Cromford Road, Langley Mill, NG16 4ED,
run by Nikki Grayson. Opening hours Thurs-Sun 12 noon 12 midnight. 6
handpumps, outside garden, upstairs
toilets (plans to have one on main floor).
Available for private hire Mon Weds
(07877-418245). Photos of both pubs in
next issue.
Gallows Inn, Ilkeston on our first visit just
after the opening had 2 Shardlow beers,
Reverend Eaton and Narrowboat and the
pub was relatively busy but on our last
visit whilst delivering the Drinker there
was no cask beer available ?
The Needlemakers, Ilkeston also on our
last visit is again under new ownership
with one beer available Doombar.

Brewery News
Also more good news on the brewing
side, a new brewery:-

Old Sawley Brewery opening,


left to right Roo Stone the brewer,
Claire Bryce, Carl Brett and Jim Bryce

Rutland Cottage

Thorley & Son East Street, Ilkeston, DE7


5JB but at the moment little information
available. We have spotted there beers in
The Little Acorn and Erewash Hotel, more
next issue.
Old Sawley Brewing Company. Our
August Branch Meeting was held at the
White Lion, Sawley and after the meeting
we were treated to a visit around the new
brew house which is situated behind the
pub (see photos). It is called the Old
Sawley Brewing Company and was
officially opened on the 21st July by Carl
Brett, the East Midlands Regional Director
of Camra. Jim & Claire Bryce the owners
of both the White Lion and the brewery
along with the head brewer Roo Stone
completed the internal works ready for
the arrival of the brewing kit at the end of
last year. A decision was made to sink a
borehole with naturally sourced water
giving a unique twist appeal. There beer
range includes: Tollbridge Porter; Gold
and Spire an amber bitter with fruity
notes. They can be contacted on email at
info@oldsawley.com for any more
information or for sales contact manager
Claire Bryce at sales@oldsawley.com or by
phone 07786 014198.

Socials
The only socials running at moment are
the Last Thursday mobiles see website for
details. Hopefully a social to Sheffield
from Ilkestons new railway station will be
arranged when opened (watch this
space).

White Lion our visit round the


brewey on our meeting night

Three Horse Shoes

Beer Festivals or
other News
If you wish to put any information about any
events you are planning or other news items
please contact our webmaster Gary on
webmaster@erewash-camra.org (if you dont
tell us we dont know).

Future Meetings
All branch meetings are held on a Monday
and start at 8.00pm.
Monday 5th September Rutland Cottage,
Ilkeston.
Monday 3rd October Navigation, Breaston.
Monday 7th November Three Horseshoes,
Ilkeston (in the Stables bar).
For further details if required contact,
Secretary Julie Powell at
secretary@erewash-camra.org

Camra Discounts
Please remember to show your camra card
The Bridge, Sandiacre 15p off a pint
Bridge, Cotmanhay 15p off a pint
Blue Bell, Sandiacre 10p off a pint,
5p off a half including real cider
Coach & Horses, Draycott 30p off a pint,
15p off a half
General Havelock, Ilkeston 20p off a pint,
10p off half
Great Northern, Langley Mill 15p off a
pint
Hogarths, Ilkeston 10p off a pint
Navigation, Breaston 10p off a pint
Oxford, Long Eaton discount available on
all real ales
Poacher, Ilkeston 15p off pint
Queens Head, Marlpool 20p off a pint,
10p off a half including real cider
Rutland Cottage, Ilkeston 15p off a pint
Steamboat, Trent Lock 20p off a pint,
10p off a half including real cider
The Three Horseshoes, Ilkeston 20p off a
pint, 10p off half
Victoria, Draycott 10p off a pint,
5p off a half
White Lion, Sawley - 10p off a pint,
5p off a half
York Chambers, Long Eaton 25p off a pint
(Mon-Wed)
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Matlock and Dales CAMRA Branch


Contact Peter Boitoult peterb56@hotmail.co.uk

World Hen Racing


Championship 6th August 2016
The Barley Mow, Bonsall, Derbyshire

side from the occasional UFO sighting, potential


alien abduction, and subsequent unrequited
rectal probing, Bonsall is a quiet and unassuming
place, best described as a small pleasant village
gently dropped into a nook between three rather
picturesque dales in central Derbyshire. A normal
summers day in Bonsall usually amounts to
nothing more than a few pensioners sitting on the
patio outside the Fountain Tea Rooms,
contemplating whether to either take tea with their
cake, or go daringly continental, and have coffee
instead. This would probably constitute a major
event in Bonsall. It would undoubtedly make lead
headline in the local paper - Bonsall Day-trippers
in beverage quandary! - If they had a local paper.
Which they dont. However, on the first Saturday in
August, every year, the Barley Mow in Bonsall hosts
the Hen Racing World Championship, and the town
completely transforms for the day. No longer a
quaint and quiet Derbyshire village, on that
particular Saturday the place hums with contagious
excitement, somewhat akin to downtown
Pamplona just after the bulls are released.
Day-trippers ourselves, we parked at the bottom of
the village, and joined the crowds walking up The
Dale, a single carriageway country lane on which The
Barley Mow sits, and passed a few dozen enormous
and highly polished Harley Davidsons on the way.
(The type of which used to frequent Matlock Bath in
huge numbers until a questionable decision by
Derbyshire County Council decided to charge them
for the pleasure of parking AND to add further insult,
limiting their stay to a couple of hours with no return
conditions. So now they no longer turn up at Matlock
Bath in droves, and no longer spend money at the
various attractions (it looked like most their money
went mainly on chips, to be honest). Its rather
noticeable though, that since the councils decision
came into force, three of the five pubs in Matlock Bath
either have, or are just about to cease trading.
Coincidence?).
But I digress, Hen Racing first took place at the Barley
Mow in 1992, and has gone from strength to strength
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to the huge amount of time and effort put into the


event by the licensees, David and Colette. The pubs
rather large (for Bonsall) carpark was coned off for the
day, and white marquees selling tee shirts, beers,
burgers and the like were erected around a small (but
pivotal) race track where the hens clucked
impatiently, seemingly desperate to do their stuff.
One of the marquees turned out to be an outside bar
dedicated to Thornbridge brewery, which was where I
purchased my first of the day in a disposable plastic
glass*. Sequoia A dark fruity amber ale at 4.5%. A
scan of the runners (no riders here) showed there
were ten heats to go through before the semi finals.
All the hens participating were listed on a board
behind the stewards, with a few interestingly named
ones. (Roadrunner , Rocket Ball and The White
Chicken were aptly named, Vindaloo was a good
one, although there was an undercurrent of
insurgency about the proceedings as one entry was
called ISIS, while another sported the title Theres a
bomb in the car park. Tensions rose as the first heat
was about to commence. The birds were under
starters orders, a hush descended over the
assembled crowd.. And theyre off.
Anti-climax is too small a word for the actual races
themselves. You expect half a dozen hens running
like stink towards the finishing line (replete with state
of the art photo-finish equipment), but instead all six
just wandered around aimlessly, if at all. Some even
wandered completely in the wrong direction edging
back over the starting line, while most simply
gawped inquisitively at the anxious crowd, and
pecked nervously at the ground. Eventually one
pecked another and was disqualified, before the
whistle blew (theres a three minute time box to each
race) and it was all over. The winner of the heat being
the one NEAREST to the finishing line, rather than the
first over it. Well done that hen. (Bump she was
called). Two heats in and I attempted egress into the
Barley Mow itself, but the queue for the bar was out
of the door at the time, so I returned to the less bequeued Thornbridge Marquee and set myself up with
a Lord Marples for the next race (A classic bitter at
4%). This was going to be a long day.

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MAD Branch Diary


Thu 15th Sept 2016
MAD Monthly Meeting : TwentyTen, Dale Road,
Matlock. 8pm start
Thu 20 Oct 2016
MAD Monthly Meeting : Venue TBA : Please check
the website: http://www.mad.camra.org.uk

All the beer in all the world could not protect you from the dreadful puns that
abound on Hen Race Day
So hows your runner going to perform? - Well eggs-cellant I think
Colette!.
Come on chickens behave yourself No fowl play!
How was the race for you then? Poultry in motion Colette!
Just before the semis, Id probably had more than my fair share of
Thornbridge and was regularly seeing twelve hens where there used to be
six. (Thats Thornbridge Jaipur for you), so we wandered back down the
Dale to the car. I couldnt say who won, or even if they get a trophy or not,
(An Egg Cup perhaps?). The beer won the day for me, and the Barley Mow
can expect me again same time next year. I may even bring one of my own
chickens too. We have three at the moment (Having totally rebuilt the run
after a tragic series of fox-related incidents last year). Hen Solo is looking
the sprightlier and up for the challenge, so will doubtless get the nod.
Plus shes stopped laying too, so is technically expendable. (Sorry kids
Theyre not pets you know, as I keep saying).
Apparently there was some other sporting competition going on in Rio de
Janiero that Saturday too. Well I bet they didnt have a Thornbridge
Marquee there. Brazils loss is Bonsalls gain.
Tony Farrington
*Plastic glass Now theres an oxymoron if ever there was one

Fri 21st and Sat 22nd October


Advance notice for Matlock and Dales
CAMRA 4th Beer Festival, one again at County
Hall, Matlock.
More details are on the web page.
http://www.mad.camra.org.uk/viewnode.php?id=41542.
Alternatively,
please scan the
Festival QRcode :

Pubs with CAMRA discounts in


the Matlock and Dales area
Birchover
Druid Inn
Main Street, Birchover
Cash discount applies on presentation of membership card
Red Lion
Main Street, Birchover
Cash discount available to Birchover Ales only, on presentation
of membership card. Discount applies to card holder only.

Matlock
The Crown (Wetherspoons)
Bakewell Road, Matlock
Discount available on presentation of JD Wetherspoons CAMRA
vouchers. These vouchers have some restrictions printed on
them.
TwentyTen
Dale Road, Matlock
Cash discount applies on presentation of membership card

Matlock Bath
Fishpond
South Parade Matlock Bath
Cash discount applies on presentation of membership card

Winster
Old Bowling Green
East Bank, Winster DE4 2DS
Cash discount applies on presentation of membership card

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BREWERY BITES
News from Breweries in and around the Derby Drinker area

BOOT
BREWERY
It has long been The Boot owners
dream to produce their own beers brewed especially with their customers in
mind. So, in 2015 they invested in a 6 barrel
micro-brewing plant, which was installed at The Boot in
Repton to produce their own Boot Beer.
Each brew starts with a carefully guarded recipe then, using
the very best malts and hops they produce a range of beers
they are exceptionally proud of. Beers that will stand the test
of time and beers that they are positive will satisfy the most
ardent of real ale drinkers.
All Boot Beers are selling really well. They are sold alongside
guests at the Boot, The Dragon and Harpurs of Melbourne
resulting in really well known guest beers being thrown
away because Boot Beers are outselling them.

BRUNSWICK
BREWING
COMPANY
New clips released at the Derby charter
beer festival as part of the ongoing
Brunswick Brewing Co's 25th Anniverary.
Next in the Engine shed project beers available from mid
August. 'Traction' a pale 4.5%, brewed with new age English
hops 'Jester' and 'Olicana'.
First brew, the first beer brewed at the Brunswick brewery will
be reproduced for the first time in 20 years in September,
ready for the Brunswick Inn's beer festival, 5TH to 9th
October.
Hopefully brewed with some very special
guest brewers!

PEAKSTONES
BREWERY
We have recently been enrolled onto the
SIBA Food Safety and Quality Scheme.
During the next couple of months we will be attending the
Great Food and Drink Fare at Calke Abbey on the 3rd and 4th
September and Stone Food and Drink on the 30th of
September and 1st of October.
Beer sales remain steady, we have no current plans to brew
anything new but will be brewing our seasonal winter beer
Submission in October.
Our Micro Pub Crossways in Blythe Bridge continues to
perform well.
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September/October 2016

DERBY
BREWING
COMPANY
Derby Brewing Company is a small
family run business with over 30 years
brewing expertise.
We have developed a core range of beers covering every
beer style and ABC range. Favourites include Business As
Usual, Old Intentional and Quint Essential. Each month one
or two special beer are also brewed, including our latest 5
Hop brewed especially to celebrate the Olympics. Not
forgetting a craft collection of beers.
In addition to the brewery, Derby Brewing Co own four
venues; The Tap, Derwent Street, Derby; The Greyhound, Friar
Gate, Derby; The Queens Head, Little Eaton and The
Kedleston Country House, Quarndon
To find out more about Derby Brewing Co visit
WWW.DERBYBREWING.CO.UK.

DANCING DUCK
BREWERY
We are keeping the all the regular beers
available; Ay Up, Nice Weather 4 Ducks, 22,
Dark Drake, DCUK and Abduction but will
also be finding time in the brew schedule to
fit in Waddle it be?, Quack Addict, Back sack
and quack, Indian Porter, Wot the Duck
Vanilla Infused Porter and Imperial Drake. The brewers are
going to be busy!
Over the last couple of months we've installed an external
glycol cooling system, new floor and a new cold liquor tank
which has made the brewery much more of a quiet, spacious
and pleasant place to make beer in. Plans are afoot for a new
beer in the Wot the Duck range and trials with the onsite
bottling machine are in full flow.

DERVENTIO
BREWERY
Supplied a brewery bar at the
Derby Summer Beer Festival
which was successful. Supplied
the beer in July for Belper Games that sold out each day and
had to be re-supplied.
Had a stall at Bolsover Food Fair where we ran out of beer.
We were part of the Derbyshire Brewers Collective to supply
beers for the Seven Stars Beer Festival 4/5/6/7 Aug.
We have various other events and shows booked in the
forthcoming months. We have a new Beer Anno X Specialis
6.4% APA that will be available in 6.4% bottles.

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BREWERY BITES
News from Breweries in and around the Derby Drinker area

MIDDLE
EARTH
BREWERY
Middle Earth Brewery was
established in 2011 by former Danelaw Brewery partner
Steve Twells. The brew plant they use is based at the
Rowditch Inn, Derby, where you will find Rowditch beers
brewed by Landlord Steve Birkin. Middle Earth beers can be
found at their Micropub in Burton on Trent. Their best selling
ale is Honey Dragon which is regularly available at their
tavern. Black Rose Chocolate & Ginger Stout has won CAMRA
awards within Derbyshire. As Steve and Carla work full time
'day' jobs you will find that the beer is not available on mass.
However they do sell small quantities of ale to local pubs &
micros. If you are lucky enough to find their beer on sale we
suggest you have a pint before it runs out!

LITTLEOVER
BREWERY
We are celebrating our first anniversary this month and were
delighted at the response weve had in our first year. Our first
brew, Gold, a 3.8% session pale ale has proved so popular
weve had to double what we were expecting to brew
already. We are now featuring permanently at The White
Swan in Littleover, The Five Lamps in Derby and The Bubble
Inn at Stenson, as well as frequent appearances at all the top
real ale outlets in the area. We were delighted and honoured
to be asked to brew a commemorative beer for ex-Derby
County centre half Sean Barkers testimonial year, for which
we make a contribution to the testimonial fund for every
pint sold. Our latest beer, Dazzler IPA at 4.5%, has been
hitting the streets recently and has had a fantastic response;
a beautifully refreshing summer ale packed with hops from
far and wide. With hints of tangerine and the kick of an IPA,
its a lovely ale to relax with in the beer garden. Heres to the
next 12 months!!

PEAK ALES
BREWERY

Here at Peak Ales were gearing up to


reveal our exciting new look. Our
brand and logo has undergone a
significant transformation and we cant wait to show it
officially launching in September. Our previous branding has
served us well over the past 12 years, and although well be
sad to see it go, a considerable amount of work and
customer input has been put into our brand refresh in
preparation for its showcase. Weve all worked really hard to
ensure we lose none of our original qualities and values,
whilst creating the Peak Ales new image.
Brand new pump clips for our cask ales and labels for our
bottled brews are set, for our award winning Chatsworth Gold,
Bakewell Best Bitter and Swift Nick, alongside all of our
seasonal beers. Whats more, the taste will be just as great as
ever, using our original recipes!
Over the last 12 years Peak Ales have had tremendous local
support in and around the Peak District and we are very
proud to be able to supply our customers with these award
winning ales. The rebrand is an incredibly exciting
opportunity to take the brand further, as we continue to
search for ways to develop the business and look forward to
an exciting future ahead.
For anyone visiting The Chatsworth Country Fair, please
come along, say hello and enjoy a pint or two at our stand in
The Fine Food Village during the event, where we hope youll
love our new look as much as the team at the brewery do.
If out and about locally, keep an eye out for Peak Ales, and
check out our social media sites for recent news updates on the
brewery and other exciting events and news from the team.

BURTON
BRIDGE
BREWERY
The Olympics has seen the return of
our Golden Flame beer which is
proving very popular and the GBBF is showcasing our
Draught Burton Ale for the first time.
Other than that we just keep rolling along brewing to
capacity towards our 35th year.

Words supplied by the individual brewery themselves.


If you would like to include your brewery on this page please send me a paragraph of your latest news to
micros@derbycamra.org.uk FAO Alan before the cut off date of 1st October 2016.
It would be great to hear from you.
www.derbycamra.org.uk

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DearToper...
Whats That Noise?

Consider! Dear Toper, an axiomatic fact which is universally


acknowledged by people of good taste and a discerning
ear: that being; that those individuals with the worst taste
in music, invariably have at their disposal the loudest
means of broadcasting their lack of anything resembling
cultural refinement. Their moronic dearth of taste (which is
usually an affliction of the young but not entirely) is
moderately acceptable when
the deafening cacophony is
confined to their squalid
bedsits and student lets
(unless you happen to be a
neighbour), but when they
attempt to foist their odious
ear-splitting din on the wider
world it becomes a public
nuisance of the greatest
magnitude. And, I regret to
say, Dear Toper, that the P.A.
systems in many of our
beloved hostelries, all too
often present these
obnoxious pests with the
means to inflict their
particular form of misery on
an unwilling audience. This
frequently happens when the
landlord is absent and has left
the bar in the dubious hands
of a youngster, usually a student who needs some parttime employment whilst adventuring in the giddy realms
of higher education for a few years, before he, or she,
inevitably arrives at the end of the dole queue with a
mountain of debt around his, or her, neck, and clutching a
degree in pencil sharpening or media studies.
As soon as these juvenile arbiters of bad taste are left to their
own devices behind a bar, they seem to find from somewhere,
and then proceed to play at full volume, an electronic
recording of some drug-crazed, semi-criminal, half-witted, socalled musician, who has about as much talent as a roll of
toilet paper and is a lot less useful (if only they were as easily
disposed of ).
Imagine the scene, Dear Toper: upon entering a favourite
watering hole, your heart sinks as a rampaging wave of sound
washes over you, and you behold, behind the counter, a
gormless creature in jeans and a black tee-shirt adorned with
an expletive. Above his (for it is male) much-pierced facial

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features resides a bristling shock of multi-coloured hair, which


looks as if its owner has just been subjected to the lifethreatening rigours of an electric chair.
You saunter up to the counter
and politely ask:
Could I have a pint of Dogs
Breath Bitter, please?
Whatya say? mumbles the
youth without looking up from
his mobile phone, which has an
attraction for him not unlike that
which a flame has for a moth
(must be something to do with
having a comparable intellect).
Sorry, I didnt quite catch that?
you persevere, raising your voice
above the nerve-jangling racket
emanating from the numerous
speakers dotted about the room
(theres no escaping them).
No need to shout! snaps the
semi-bedridden late riser, as he
finally drags his limited attention
away from his phone and fixes
his petulant glare upon you, before adding with a scowl which
he usually reserves for his parents; Ive only got one pair of
hands!
Well perhaps you might better employ them by pulling pints
instead of phoning your friends! you respond in kind.
Dont you shout at me like that, or Ill report you to Pubwatch
an besides, I wasnt phoning a friend, I was playing a game
theres no law against that, is there?
No; but there is a law against taking money under false
pretences they are paying you to work here, arent they?
I only get the minimum wage! he replies in a half-hearted
attempt to justify his sullen attitude.
Its far, far, far too much in your case, you call over your
shoulder as you head for the door.
Consider that, Dear Toper!
D.T.

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Crossword
No 53 by Wrenrutt
The Good Beer Guide 2016 is necessary for some of these clues

Crossword
winner is
Mick Jones
from Derby
picked up at the
Peacock, Derby.

Across
1. A mythical creature, make of
caravan, or soft drink (6)

Down
2. Insert: it could become
Russias president (3.2)

5.

No calf, this creature, but a


bird of prey (6)

3.

8.

A light-coloured ale from


Shakespeares birthplace town
(9.4)

Devices or instruments which


record or alter pictorial
impressions (7)

4.

Another sort of mythical


creature (3)

Advance payment, especially


when gambling (4)

5.

Wentwell Brewerys coppercoloured best bitter (4.5)

10. A native of one of the Pacific


Oceans Society Islands (8)

6.

Harbour Brewerys golden ale


(5)

11. Someone who misuses drugs,


possibly rudely (6)

7.

Boil hat, stupidly, for a


lubricant or coolant container
(7)

13. An awkward gear-change or a


cut tree trunk (6)
15. A mass one of these occurred
on Kinder Scout in 1932 (8)
17/16. You could find an exciting
position through reading this
book! (4.5)
19. A handsome Victorian Bar on
Platform 4 at Stalybridge (7.6)
21. Sam and Dan got together to
create a brewery at Southwold
(6)
22. County home of, say,
Brightwater Brewery (6)

10. A mounted bullfighter (an aria


from Bizets opera Carmen
includes one) (9)

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14. Believing someone or
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20. Public service vehicle caught
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